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Nicola Yoon Discusses Diverse Books and The Sun Is Also a Star, a Novel About Immigration and a Star-Crossed Romance

Novels are an essential part of the American conversation about race, immigration and politics, from Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, to Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah. A new ...

A Beginner’s Guide to Book Trailers: How To Produce a Killer Book Promo Video

By Julia Drake Consider these stats: Video racks up over 22 billion daily views. It increases the organic reach of social media content by over 100%, compared to photos or text. It ranks toward the top of the first page in Google searches, ...

Walking the Writing Talk: 4 Tips for Staying Motivated and Finishing Your Writing Projects

Oh, how many books have I begun to write? Let me count the titles… there was a book of poetry, three YA novels, a serious nonfiction exploration of divorce, at least two separate picture books, and a memoir. I have started and set down ma...

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What Are You Doing?

Just finished watching The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Here’s my review: So… I had a hunch from the title where this story was going to go, or at least the analogy being made. It’s a retelling of Iphigenia in Aulis. I have t...

The Problem with Sensitivity Readers Isn’t What You Think It Is

[Enter our 87th Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents—not to mention a chance at $5,000 in cash!] by Anna Hecker Sensitivity readers are a sensitive topic. As a vocal core wit...

Quotes on Writing: 19 Classic and Contemporary Lessons from Black American Writers

I grew up in Memphis, Tenn., a city steeped history in general—but specifically in Civil Rights history. In the early 20th century, Memphis was the cotton capital of the world, home to industries dominated by (white) landowners and still ...

Partner with Your Publicist: How to Prepare for Your Book’s Publicity Campaign

[Enter our 87th Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents—not to mention a chance at $5,000 in cash!] This is the second installment in a two-part series of blog posts by Sara Wigal...

Reprints for Creative Shorts: How and Where to Sell a Poem, Personal Essay or Short Story a Second Time

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] Image by Jimi Filipovski on Unsplash by Windy Lynn Harris The reprint market isn’t just for nonfiction articles. If y...

Socratic Seminars in World Language Classes

The Socratic seminar is often discussed in the context of English language arts classes. Among its benefits, practitioners mention drawing on the value of open conversations to foster deep thinking and analysis, developing a group culture f...

Encoding Literacy in Computer Science

Good, solid literacy instruction is the right of every student and the responsibility of all educators. School leaders recognize the need for literacy instruction to become a schoolwide priority—in all courses, not just English and the hu...

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